Description:

The Court of Appeals is recruiting for a full-time, at-will, Law Clerk 1, Appellate Law Clerk 2, OR Appellate Law Clerk 3 (U) #00000034-21500 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Court of Appeals is New Mexico's intermediate appellate court with jurisdiction over the entire state. The Court of Appeals reviews appeals in all cases, except criminal cases involving sentences of death or life imprisonment, appeals from the Public Regulation Commission, and cases involving habeas corpus. The Court of Appeals has two locations, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under general direction, work as personal staff to a Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge or District Court Judge on assigned cases, perform legal research, analysis, writing, and editing. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.

Examples of Job Duties
  • The Law Clerk 1 Is Responsible for Reviewing Cases, Analyzing Briefs, Records and Legal Authorities Cited.
  • Prepares legal drafts by assembling and organizing information for legal forms and documents.
  • Process complaints, declarations, discovery requests, responses, and other pleadings.
  • Evaluates the merits of legal arguments by researching laws, statutes, constitutions, regulations, court opinions, and precedents.
  • Analyzes and assesses the impact of applicable law.
  • Assists in preparing for oral arguments, and “briefs-only” conferences.
  • Assembles case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence.
  • Maintains calendar by entering and updating requirements, court dates, and meetings.
  • Performs legal research and analysis.
  • Prepares and oversees bench memos for cases.
  • Recommends appropriate court calendaring.
  • Assists with and delegates in-court functions and processes.
  • Reviews and analyzes records and transcripts.
  • Performs technical editing of legal documents.
  • Drafts opinions, calendar notices, orders, memoranda, and decisions for review and final approval.
  • Discusses confidential and sensitive issues with justices or judges.
  • Participates in special projects, presentations, and training.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The Appellate Law Clerk 2 (U) is responsible for reviewing cases, analyzing briefs, records and legal authorities cited.
  • Prepares legal drafts by assembling and organizing information for legal forms and documents.
  • Processes complaints, declarations, discovery requests, responses, and other pleadings.
  • Provides support or direction for Law Clerks.
  • Evaluates the merits of legal arguments by researching laws, statutes, constitutions, regulations, court opinions, and precedents.
  • Analyzes and assesses the impact of applicable law.
  • Assists in preparing for oral arguments, and “briefs-only” conferences.
  • Assembles case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence.
  • Maintains calendar by entering and updating requirements, court dates, and meetings.
  • Performs legal research and analysis.
  • Prepares and oversees bench memos for cases.
  • Recommends appropriate court calendaring.
  • Assists with and delegates in-court functions and processes.
  • Reviews and analyzes records and transcripts.
  • Performs substantive technical editing of legal documents.
  • Drafts opinions, calendar notices, orders, memoranda and decisions for review and final approval.
  • Discusses confidential and sensitive issues with justices or judges.
  • Participates in special projects, presentations and training.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The Appellate Law Clerk 3 (U) is responsible for reviewing cases, analyzing briefs, records and legal authorities cited.
  • Prepares legal drafts by assembling and organizing information for legal forms and documents.
  • Processes complaints, declarations, discovery requests, responses, and other pleadings.
  • Provides support or direction for Law Clerks.
  • Evaluates the merits of legal arguments by researching laws, statutes, constitutions, regulations, court opinions, and precedents.
  • Analyzes and assesses the impact of applicable law.
  • Assists in preparing for oral arguments, and “briefs-only” conferences.
  • Assembles case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence.
  • Maintains calendar by entering and updating requirements, court dates, and meetings.
  • Performs legal research and analysis.
  • Prepares and oversees bench memos for cases.
  • Recommends appropriate court calendaring.
  • Assists with and delegates in-court functions and processes.
  • Reviews and analyzes records and transcripts.
  • Performs substantive technical editing of legal documents.
  • Drafts opinions, calendar notices, orders, memoranda and decisions for review and final approval.
  • Discusses confidential and sensitive issues with justices or judges.
  • Participates in special projects, presentations and training.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies/Qualifications
The successful applicant should demonstrate their knowledge of the United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; legal terminology, Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing; filing systems New Mexico case law and statutes and court jurisdiction.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
  • The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required. The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, judges, and justices.
  • This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed